When the Seattle Sounders FC opened training camp on Monday morning, the most prolific goal scorer in the short history of the club was in Colombia - where he'll be for at least a year.
The Sounders completed their long awaited loan of striker Fredy Montero to Millonarios FC of the Colombian first division just before training camp began. It was a drawn out process that took a few weeks and included a new wrinkle when the Sounders signed Montero to a multi-year extension, giving the team and player an opportunity to reunite in the future.
But for now, the Sounders are moving on minus the player that scored the first goal in franchise history, along with 59 others during his four seasons in Seattle.
''Fredy's been a very important player to this team,'' Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. ''We've got to see what we can do in terms of replacing him. We're still looking at player options. I think we have some options within our squad.''